Staff

James Newman

James Newman, MS, LCSW

Jim received his Master’s degree from UW-Stout in 1988. He has worked in the Human Services/Mental Health Therapist field for over 25 years here in Sawyer County. He has extensive experience treating people with mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorders as well as anxiety adjustment disorders, stress management, and grief/loss issues. He uses traditional talk therapies and cognitive-behavioral methods and enjoys working with adults and couples. Jim has been married to the love of his life for over 29 years and has two adult children. He subscribes to Christian beliefs. One of his favorite pastimes is walking in the woods with Malleigh, his black Labrador Retriever. Malleigh is a credentialed therapy dog, certified by Therapy Dogs International.

Mark Bolen

Mark W. Bolen, MSE, LPC

Mark received his Master of Science in Education Degree from University of Wisconsin-Superior. He currently resides in the Ironwood/Hurley area. Mark counsels using an eclectic/pragmatic approach which has its roots in Behaviorism and Cognitive Behaviorism but also combines individualized/appropriate aspects of Family Systems, Adlerian, many Developmental Approaches, and the Medical Model. Insight and recovery are gained by using any or all of the approaches and theories that are determined together, by the client and therapist, to be the most effective or useful in obtaining the best possible outcome. Mark specializes in working with children of all ages through the use of Play Therapy, Talk Therapy, Dyadic Therapy, and Family/Group Therapy. He also works with Teens, Adults, Families, and Couples.

Emily Ludwig

Emily Ludwig, MSW, CAPSW

Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Superior with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Emily’s career focus and desire is working with children, adults and families. Her experience includes providing In-Home therapy services, outpatient mental health counseling and county clinical social work. She has worked with children as young as 2 years old as well as their immediate and extended families. Emily is trained in a variety of therapies to meet client needs including: Play therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, Person-Centered therapy and family systems. Her approach focuses on inherent strengths and skills that people already have to help them achieve desired goals.

Thomas Jordan

Thomas Jordan, MA, LMFT

Tom graduated in 2014 with high honors from Saint Mary’s University with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prior to Outpatient Therapy, he worked as an In-Home and School-Based mental health practitioner providing treatment for individuals ages 5 to 19 with Autism, ADHD, and other mental health disorders. Tom’s experience and vocational passion is to help individuals, couples, and families function as a healthy, adaptive system. To achieve this he practices from structural and experiential family therapies, as well as client-centered therapy. In working with children and teens, he utilizes play and sand tray therapies to help them verbalize thoughts and feelings related to trauma, adjustments, and other problems. With couples, Tom utilizes emotion-focused couple’s therapy (EFT) and approaches from the Gottman Institute. Tom is also certified in Prepare/Enrich to help premarital and married couples enhance and improve their relationships.

James Tangen-Foster

James Tangen-Foster, MS, LPC

James is a licensed Professional counselor with over 30 years experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, families and groups. He is trained in a variety of therapies including: DBT, CBT, client-centered, wilderness therapy, holistic/integrative therapy, trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, mindfulness and meditation. He addresses individual client needs with compassion and thoughtfulness to treat multiple areas of concern including depression, anxiety, addiction and substance abuse, conduct disorder, ADHD, autism, grief and loss and suicidal ideation. James has provided services in a number of therapeutic environments working in residential treatment, outpatient/inpatient clinics, schools and outdoor recreation. James is an outdoor enthusiast and in his spare time enjoys rock climbing, hiking, bicycling and x-country skiing. He has two adult children living in the Twin Cities and recently moved to Northwest Wisconsin where he lives in the woods on a small lake with his wife and his English Springer Spaniel Dexter.

Malleigh, Therapy Dog

Malleigh, Therapy Dog

My name is Malleigh. I am a 9 year old Labrador Retriever and a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. My job at Counseling and Psychological Services is to make people feel calm and happy. I am a non-judgmental listener who wants nothing more than a good back rub and to provide comfort to human companions.